PRESS RELEASE: Thinking Local, Going National and International

August 1, 2018

Canning, Nova Scotia Blomidon Estate Winery enjoys success at all levels of wine competitions.

In addition to the Bronze Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards (London, UK) for the 2011 Brut Réserve won earlier this year, Blomidon Estate Winery has received two Bronze Medals at the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada (Penticton, BC) for their 2014 Blanc de Noirs and 2010 Blanc de Blancs, and also a 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines for the 2010 Blanc de Blancs.

“Receiving these awards locally, from across the country, and also internationally is a great testament to our winery team and wine program,” says winemaker, Simon Rafuse. “It’s important for us as a benchmark, and it’s very gratifying to be rewarded for the hard work we try to do, placing Nova Scotia on the world wine map.”

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines was established in 2014 to honour the outstanding achievements of Nova Scotia’s flourishing wine industry. That inaugural year Blomidon Estate Winery was bestowed the very same award for their sparkling 2010 Cuvée L’Acadie.

The National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC) is held annually as a showcase of the best wines from across the country. In 2018, over 1,850 wines from 257 wineries were entered into the NWAC, making this the largest and most comprehensive wine competition in Canadian history. In 2015 and 2016 Blomidon Estate Winery received Gold Medals for two of their sparkling wines, as well as two silvers and one bronze medal in 2017.

The Decanter World Wine Awards is the world’s largest and most influential wine competition annually held in London, UK. This year 16,903 wines from around the world were tasted, judged by top wine experts from around the globe. In 2017 Blomidon Estate Winery received two silver medals along with a bronze for their wines.


About Blomidon Estate Winery – In 2005 the Ramey family purchased their first vineyard in Woodside, NS, and shortly thereafter purchased Blomidon Ridge winery in Habitant, NS. The family changed the name to Blomidon Estate Winery and since that time has invested heavily in land, infrastructure and most importantly, the team led by Simon Rafuse. According to Tim Ramey: “In 2008 we had a long term vision for our winery and felt we could make the very finest 100% Nova Scotia wines and to this day we continue to push that bar higher as we continue to achieve our goals. Now in our 11th year, we’re constantly learning and evolving but most importantly, we’re continually inspired in our quest to achieve greatness”.

For further information contact the winery at (902) 582-7565 or email

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